K Shanmugam’s ministerial statement on setting up a Public Defender’s Office for criminal legal aid

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A Public Defender’s Office (PDO) will be set up to provide criminal legal aid to more needy Singaporeans, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam announced in Parliament on Monday (Apr 4). It will benefit more households than the current Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) and will cover more types of offences. The office will be fully funded by the Government, with full-time lawyers serving as public defenders. Read more: https://cna.asia/3J4CED2

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